Ringing in 2014 on Martha’s Vineyard

Partiers braved the cold to watch the fireworks display at midnight last year at the Harbor View Hotel's party. — File photo by Ralph Stewart

Updated 10:05 pm, Monday, December 30, 2013

New Year’s Eve falls on a Tuesday this year, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing going on on Martha’s Vineyard. Venues all over the Island will be hosting live music, special deals, and even fireworks. Where will you be when the ball drops?

M.V. Film Center

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Center, home of the M.V. Film Society in Vineyard Haven, will host a New Year’s Eve bash consisting of film, food, libations, and live music. Doors open at 7:30 pm, then, beginning at 8 pm, there will be a screening of the classic New Year’s film “After the Thin Man,” the story of man who is coerced into a murder investigation by his wife’s uppity family. A live jazz trio will play in the lobby from 10:15 to 11:30 pm, and finally the theater will broadcast live television coverage from Times Square on the big screen at midnight. Tickets are available online starting at $60 ($50 for members). For more information, call 508-696-9369 or visit mvfilmsociety.com.

Katharine Cornell Theatre

Hearkening back to the Tisbury Last Night First Night celebrations of New Year’s Eve’s past, Island trio Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish will rock the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven with their upbeat meldings of roadhouse blues, rockabilly, and swing. The trio, consisting of Mr. Hoy, Chris Anzalone, and Jeremy Berlin, kicks off the night at 7 pm. Admission is $10. For more information, visit johnnyhoyandthebluefish.com or email johnnyhoyandthebluefish@comcast.net.

Harbor View Hotel

In association with the Kelley House, the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown will host the Island’s largest New Year’s celebration. The Harbor View’s double dance floors will welcome guests to enjoy the nationally acclaimed cover band The Sultans of Swing as well as local favorites, the Mike Benjamin Band.

Beer, wine, cocktails, and other beverages will be available for purchase throughout the evening. A light cocktail menu will feature hors d’oeuvres by executive chef Nathan Gould. At midnight, a champagne toast will be served on Harbor View’s wrap-around porch as fireworks erupt over the Edgartown Harbor.

Doors will open at 9 pm. Semi-formal attire is required, and guests must be 21+. Tickets start at $95 per person, and a special package, starting at $349, includes two tickets, overnight accommodations, and late checkout on New Year’s day. For more information, call 800-225-6005 or visit harbor-view.com.


Island entertainers DJ AP and DJ Ceazzaleanno will play the hits, remixes, and mashups at the Oak Bluffs music and party venue Dreamland on Tuesday night. The Facebook page for the event hints that there may be a few surprise guests as well. DJ AP has released club singles as a solo artist and with the collective State 2 State. Both he and DJ Ceazzaleanno are popular performers at the Island Bar and Grille during the summer.

The show starts at 10 pm. A cover charge of $10, ladies free, and a valid 21+ ID are required for admission. For more information, call 508-560-1932, or visit dreamlandmv.com.

Portuguese-American Club

Serendipity, a talented mostly-female group, will play doo-wop and classic rock tunes at the Oak Bluffs P-A Club on New Year’s Eve. The group is a favorite of local ballroom and other dance groups who come to swing on the P-A Club’s spacious floor. And the best part is: no cover charge. There will be light appetizers served, and of course a champagne toast at midnight. For more information, call 508-693-9875.

The Wharf Pub & Restaurant

Boogie down at the popular Edgartown pub on Tuesday night with The Boogies, a 13-piece disco cover band, which comes complete with raucous 70s era costumes. The restaurant will be open for dinner beforehand, and tickets to the show are $15. Stay tuned at mvtimes.com for start time and more information. Or call The Wharf at 508-627-9966.

This article was updated to reflect the correct price ($10 cover, ladies free) for the Dreamland event on New Year’s Eve.